A new strain of the Petya ransomware is affecting businesses across the world. The ransomware uses multiple techniques to spread, including the same Microsoft Windows “EternalBlue” exploit used by the WannaCry ransomware that we advised of last month. Once your machine is infected, the ransomware encrypts your files and demands payment in the form of Bitcoin. If you do not pay within a few hours, the ransom goes up and ultimately your data may be wiped.
Thousands of computers around the world are getting locked up, including Russia’s largest oil production company, Rosneft; Denmark-based Maersk, the largest shipping company in the world; and New Jersey-based Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
GSC IT Solutions recommends the following actions:
What to do if your computer displays a ransomware message stating your files have been encrypted or another suspicious message:
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Protecting your business going forward:
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